T.K. asks from Tustin, CA on June 01, 2009
Anyone Does Excercise While Breastfeeding?
I have a 6 month baby girl, i am breastfeeding with 2x a day solids. I would like to start excercising , I bought some videos to start slow and stuff..I would like to know if anyone does excercise and has any impact on their milk supply? Did it increase or decrease? Please let me know..
I bought jillian michaels, 30 day shred video, just so i can get my stamina up...if i lose weight that would be great bonus..but just excercising would be a healthy benefit for me..:)
Any other tips for excercise or breastfeeding would be greatly appreciated..
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C.M. answers from Los Angeles on June 02, 2009
C.K. answers from San Diego on June 02, 2009
Drink extra, extra, extra fluids and try to stay calm. Stress and dehydration are the biggest culprits in loss of milk production.
S.G. answers from Los Angeles on June 01, 2009
C.S. answers from Los Angeles on June 02, 2009
I started exercising my first week home from the hospital, but also worked out my entire pg. You can do what your body is up for and only you know your body. However by 6m you should be able to do everything. It has nothing to do with your milk supply, that's all supply & demand and plenty of healthy foods and water on your part. I like yoga, pilates, dvd's from the library so it's always new and not boring, Denise Austin on tv...
M.A. answers from Los Angeles on June 02, 2009
Here's a GREAT article on exercising and breastfeeding.
Keep it up! You're doing a wonderful thing for yourself and your baby! Besides all the benefits for your baby, you're lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast cancer, uterine cancer, and many other diseases!
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D.S. answers from Los Angeles on June 02, 2009
As the other women have mentioned, exercise can effect the taste of you milk. My daughter never complained. However, my friends son wouldn't nurse for 2-3 hours after she worked out, so she would pump before doing her workout. So you might consider pumping the first couple of times just in case your baby refuses right after. Staying hydrated, especially when exercising will help production of milk.
M.J. answers from San Diego on June 08, 2009
I think I started around 4 months and I'm still BFing at almost 15 months. I pumped just before, but only for my own comfort (I was concerned that I might be uncomfortable if I was full).
Just make sure you drink LOTs of water, and I'm sure you'll do fine. Start slow... also, if you're not walking that's a great place to start (and the baby will enjoy getting out!).
Best of luck!
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on June 01, 2009
You may go through some changes. Your baby might not like to feed right after you workout but YES you can work out!!! I did with both of mine very shortly after birth. No problems to report on our end.
E.S. answers from Los Angeles on June 02, 2009
You will have no effect on your milk supply when exercising. Just keep up on your water intake. Choosing to start exercising is the best thing you can do for yourself and your children. It keeps me healthy and sane!